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Breaking: Body found in search for missing boy

South Yorkshire police officers searching for a missing 7-year-old boy have found a body of a child on a construction site.

Conley Thompson was last seen at Locke park in Barnsley where he had gone to play with his friends at around 6pm.

Police are yet to confirm whether the body is that of the missing schoolboy.


Appeal after 7-year-old boy goes missing in Barnsley

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the safety of a seven-year-old boy who has not been seen since 8pm yesterday.

Conley Thompson, seven, is missing from Barnsley Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Conley Thompson was last seen at Locke Park in Barnsley where he had gone to play with his friends at around 6pm, South Yorkshire Police said.

He is believed to have left the park at around 8pm and was due to return home to Underwood Avenue in Worsbrough.

However he never turned up and was reported missing shortly after.

Conley is white and has very short mousy brown coloured hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing a blue checked shirt, red shoes, a black coat and brown trousers.

Two charged with Barnsley murder

A man and a woman have been charged with murder following the death of John Gogarty. His body was found at a house on Marsh Street, Wombwell, on Friday 17 July.

Helen Nichols, 38, and Ian Birley, 43, both of Mont Walk, were arrested on Thursday in the Wombwell area of Barnsley. They will appear at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning.

A 48-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder on 21 July, remains on police bail.

Man in hospital after Great Houghton crash

A driver is in hospital after being involved in a crash in Barnsley.

It happened in the Great Houghton area of the town in the early hours of this morning when a blue MG ZR was travelling along Moor Lane and the car left the road and ended up on its side in woodland next to the carriageway.

The 32-year-old driver suffered serious injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

International manhunt on for former Barnsley vicar

An international manhunt is on for a vicar who is thought to have fled the country after stealing thousands of pounds from parishoners.

Detectives have made a direct appeal to 50-year-old Simon Reynolds to give himself up.

The Bishop of Wakefield has also urged the Reverand Reynolds to hand himself in.

He fled from Sheffield Crown Court before a jury found him guilty of stealing more than twenty thousand pounds handed over for weddings and funerals.

Chris Kiddey reports:


Police: Vicar has fled the country

South Yorkshire Police believe that former Barnsley vicar Simon Reynolds has now fled the country.

Former Barnsley vicar Simon Reynolds Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Reynolds, 50, was convicted of keeping around £24,000 of fees given to him for weddings, funerals and graveyard memorials when he was priest-in-charge of All Saints Church in Darton.

Police now believe that he is in mainland Europe and are appealing for him to give himself up:

The Bishop of Wakefield, Right Reverend Tony Robinson, today also appealed for Reynolds' return:

Man from Barnsley goes missing

Police in Barnsley are appealing for information to trace missing local man Steven Dixon.

Steven Dixon Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Mr Dixon (44) was last seen in March of this year when he was living in the Summer Lane area of the town.

He is not believed to have been in contact with his family or friends since and this is considered to be out of character. He was officially reported missing this week and we are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

He is described as white, 5ft 7" tall, skinny build, with ginger/light brown coloured receding hair. He may currently have a large ginger beard.

A man matching Steve's description was seen in the Stairfoot area of Barnsley around four weeks ago.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via: 101 and quoting reference number: 889 of Monday 20 July 2015.

Warrant issued for arrest of vicar guilty of stealing £24,000 of church funds

A vicar who worked at a church in South Yorkshire has been found guilty of stealing £24,000 of church funds meant for weddings and funerals.

Simon Reynolds now lives in Farnham, Surrey, but did not appear before Sheffield Crown Court today for the verdict. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The money had been paid to him by families preparing for funerals and weddings at All Saints Church in Darton, near Barnsley.

Reynolds had denied four counts of theft between 2007 and 2013.

He was in court earlier but did not return for the verdict.

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